Roasted Garlic and Rutabaga Mash

It’s been a busy fall.  There were trips to attend two weddings on the west coast (both in Portland!), hiking in Zion (post to come) and an adventurous motorcycle ride through a thunderstorm in the dark desert (barely survived).  With all this fun, I haven’t had much time to write.   Rather than do a…

Curing the Holidaze

Christmas seems to have snuck up on me this year.  Thanksgiving was late.  Lots of December deadlines leaving little free time (you might have noticed my posting has been limited to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram).  The weather has been rainy with more on the way.  Gift-giving has seemed like a chore.  And the holiday just…

Exploring The Importance Of Bread In France

Bread has long been a staple of society.  Yet it is much more than a means of sustenance.  In its various forms, we now view bread as a means to define certain cultures.  There’s pita in Middle Eastern cuisine, naan accompanies Indian curry, and a basic baguette in France. As my usual low-carb eating self…

Not My Mother’s Banana Cream Pie

Unlike other holidays, Easter traditions changed from year to year in my family. I recall one Easter in particular when my father worked nights. At that time, I’d fall asleep next to my mother in bed, as she watched Dallas and Dynasty. When his schedule changed, I refused to sleep in my own room. Instead…

Ode To Zuni: Mock Porchetta

Tradition in my house calls for pork on New Year’s Day.  I usually make Apricot and Sausage Stuffed Pork Tenderloin – but that wasn’t going to work without my Viking.  So I decided to pay homage to Judy Rodgers and opt for a version of her mock porchetta (mock because it doesn’t use a whole pig)…